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Concerts Schools Project

The Concerts Schools Project enhances music education for students at NYC public high schools through attendance at live performances in 92Y’s world-class Concerts Series and participation in classroom workshops led by professional performing artists. This free program cultivates audience-going habits and a lifelong love of music.

92Y Visiting Artist Pete Smith leading a workshop at Eleanor Roosevelt High School

The Concerts Schools Project enables students to attend mainstage 92Y concerts that showcase the instruments and genres students are studying in their school music classes. In collaboration with school-based music teachers, 92Y designs original lessons that connect students’ course of study in band, orchestra, guitar, vocal arts and piano with the works and artists featured at 92Y. Hands-on, pre-concert lessons led by 92Y Teaching Artists introduce students to the works and musical traditions featured at the 92Y Concerts that students attend throughout the school year.

Each academic year, students and their teachers receive:

  • Tickets to 92Y Concerts
  • Roundtrip Transportation to 92Y
  • Dinner with music students from other participating schools
  • Pre- or post- concert Q&As with the performing artists at 92Y
  • Classroom workshops led by 92Y Teaching Artists

Jennifer Koh
Photo Credit: Jennifer Taylor

92Y Concerts Schools Project provides music students and teachers from public high schools throughout New York City free access to 92Y Concerts — featuring vibrant and richly diverse programs of chamber music, solo recitals, jazz and the American Songbook, as well as Art of the Guitar series concerts.

2017/18 Concerts

  • Orpheus Chamber Orchestra & Mischa Maisky, cello
  • Paco Peña
  • Angela Hewitt
  • Sharon Isbin
  • Brentano String Quartet & Dawn Upshaw
  • Jorge Caballero
  • Emmanuel Pahud & Alessio Bax
  • Woman to Woman All-Star Band featuring Renee Rosnes, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Ingrid Jensen, Melissa Aldana, Anat Cohen & Noriko Ueda
  • Brazilian Guitar Quartet
  • Benjamin Grosvenor & Musicians from the New York Philharmonic
Vocal students at the Theatre Arts Production Company School during a pre-concert workshop; string players from Celia Cruz Bronx High School of Music and The Young Women’s Leadership School of Harlem at 92Y during a pre-concert Q&A with the Pacifica Quartet. Photo credit: Jack Llewellyn-Karski.

“In a city full of cultural offerings, 92Y goes the extra mile to make the experiences meaningful for students and to assist teachers, a population that has perpetually full plates, with extreme generosity.” — David West, orchestra director at Celia Cruz Bronx High School of Music

“92Y has provided me the opportunity to bring my students to New York's premiere guitar concert series, 92Y’s Art of the Guitar. Virtually none of my students has ever been to a live music performance. Programs like 92Y’s Concerts Schools Project are the only opportunity most of these students have to experience live music. The performances are deeply meaningful for the students. I can see how transfixed they are during the concerts, and they continue to talk about the artists and specific pieces well afterwards. This program is clearly opening their minds and expanding their cultural horizons.” — Jesse Miller, guitar instructor, James Madison High School in Brooklyn

“I can’t think of anything that could have been done better to make the evening any more special. The performance was amazing. I love the pieces Jennifer Koh played and the energy and emotion she put into the music.” — string student, Edward R. Murrow High School in Brooklyn

“I now have a newfound respect and love for both silent film scores and Buster Keaton.” — audio science student from Eleanor Roosevelt High School (after attending a screening of Buster Keaton’s The General, with live improvised piano accompaniment by Matan Porat)